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What is HE Laundry Detergent?

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What is HE Laundry Detergent?

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You may have noticed a new symbol on detergent bottles and boxes – HE. Now, that doesn’t mean it is for men only, It actually stands for High Efficiency laundry detergent.

These detergents are formulated to be used in high efficiency washing machines like front load washers. The HE detergents are low-sudsing and quick dispersing for use in low water volume machines. HE detergents are developed to hold soil in suspension in water so it is not re-deposited onto clean clothes.

Using a traditional laundry detergent in a high-efficiency washer (front loader) will produce too many suds that will interfere with the tumbling action HE washers use to clean clothes. It can also damage the electronic system of the washer and may void the warranty.

However, you can use HE detergent in a traditional washer with no problems. You won't see suds and you should add a bit more since the water volume is higher in a traditional top load washer.

Most HE washers have detergent dispensers. Read your washer's care and use guide on how to fill the dispensers. Most will accept either powder or liquid detergents. Never mix the two in the same dispenser because caking and clogging can occur.

As with all detergents, take time to read the label and guidelines on how much to use per load. More is not always better! If HE detergents are new to you, take time to read reviews of top rated HE detergents at ConsumerSearch .

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